Sutherland Partnership Biodiversity Group
The Sutherland Partnership Biodiversity Group (SPBG) was formed to write the Sutherland Biodiversity Action Plan which was launched in 2004. Still in operation today the group aim is to advance the cause of biodiversity in Sutherland by:
- Facilitating community participation in environmental projects
- Participating in the Highland Biodiversity Partnership
- Sharing information on matters of environmental interest
Through the Sutherland Partnership the SPBG operates as a subsidiary forum.
Review of the Sutherland Biodiversity Action Plan
The SPBG have secured funding in order to conduct a review of the Sutherland Biodiversity Action Plan. We have appointed a consultant in order to carry out the review and this will be available shortly.
Sutherland Biodiversity Action Plan
Sutherland Partnership Biodiversity Collection
In 2007 the Sutherland Partnership secured funding from SNH, The Highland Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to produce a photographic resource celebrating the biodiversity within Sutherland. The photographs were taken by Ken Crossan and Iain Sarjeant and are available to community groups for non-profit making purposes from the Sutherland Partnership. The images can be seen on information panels across the country.
Examples of the images can be found across this site and on our Facebook page. For more information contact Fiona Mackenzie on 01549 402 646 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sutherland Partnership Environmental Fund 2009-2012
The Sutherland Partnership Environmental Fund was the second funding scheme administered by the Sutherland Partnership. This scheme was funded by Highland LEADER and SNH and was open to community groups who wanted to bring about projects which have environmental benefits. During this round the scheme distributed almost £36,000 to a wide variety of Sutherland projects.
Sutherland Partnership Biodiversity Fund 2005-2008
This funding scheme was administered by the Sutherland Partnership and distributed £15,000 to community projects across Sutherland during its lifetime. Projects included setting up video nestboxes, conducting wildlife audits and the establishment of wildlife habitats. The scheme was funded by LEADER +, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Highland Council.
Members of the SPBG come from local agencies and organisations:
Highland Council Ranger Service
Highland Council Biodiversity
Scottish Natural Heritage
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
West Sutherland Fisheries Trust
North Highland Forest Trust
Assynt Field Club
John Muir Trust
Forestry Commission Scotland
Sutherland Marine Audit: Pilot Study
Other relevant reading
Scourie revisited in the Naturalist No.4, May 2008
West Sutherland Elver Study, West Sutherland Fisheries Trust, May 2008
For more information about the SPBG and their activities please contact Fiona Mackenzie, Development Officer, Sutherland Partnership on 01549 402 646 or at email@example.com.